What’s new in postnatal depression

What’s new in postnatal depression

This week’s expert:
Prof Philip Boyce, Professor of Psychiatry; Head of Discipline of Psychiatry, University of Sydney; Head of Perinatal Psychiatry Clinical Research Unit, Westmead Hospital

Drawn from Dr David Lim’s interview with Prof Philip Boyce on the Healthed Podcast, ‘The Women’s and Children’s Health Update’.

– It is now recognised that post-natal depression is in fact part of the spectrum of perinatal depression that can occur in pregnant women at any stage from conception to when the child turns one year old.

 

– Contrary to what was previously thought, pregnancy is associated with an increased risk of depression in women

– In general practice, women with perinatal depression will commonly present with symptoms and signs of conditions other than depression eg not coping, feeling overwhelmed, not sleeping, increased anxiety about the baby – frequent presentations for minor complaints. A high index of ...

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